When City Hall dispatched LeClaire
Park into the hands of casino hotel developers, the discussion was held
in the third floor conference room of the
Kahl Building-the only public notice, tacked up on a City
Hall kiosk that afternoon.
When City Hall wanted to dispatch
Indian Springs Park into the hands of private developers, they
hid it on the surplus lot sale list-without telling
the voting Aldermen.
When City Hall recently proposed
withholding Credit Island Park funds, while promoting motorized campgrounds,
and worse, the public's notice was printed
the day of the meeting.
Input was gradually reduced from "a couple of minutes" to "tell
your name, what you do on the Island, in thirty seconds,
then sit down".
I apologize to Merrill Ohl
(June 8 Editorial), who does not appreciate people, like me, who "break
the rules" while fighting for the full three minutes we would have
had to save City parks inside City Hall. Merrill conveniently
overlooked the crowd yelling, "Let her speak", my asking if "anyone
had objections", applause by the majority-and those who donated
their time to me after.
What we are witnessing is the
wholesale dismantling of every significant revenue stream which flows
into City parks---to plug gaping holes in civic mismanagement. Worse
yet, the harbinger of toll gates at City park entrances where only the
highest bidders are welcome.
Leave a "Save Credit
Island's Wild Places" message for every Alderman, and the
Mayor, by calling Alderman's Secretary, Cindi Webb, at 563-888-2070.